The U.S. men's pair and men's single sculls won their heats on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals, highlighting the first day of competition at the 2021 World Rowing Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Racing in the second of three heats, the men's pair of Emmett Infante (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Row New Jersey) and Wilson Morton (Summit, N.J./Row New Jersey) defeated Spain by a little less than two seconds to win the race and advance to the semifinals. With two to advance, Infante and Morton got off to a strong start, taking the early lead on Turkey and Spain in the first 500 meters. By the midway point, the crew had built its advantage on Turkey to nearly two-seconds. The U.S. continued to pull away from the Turkish crew in the third 500 meters, with Spain moving into second position. At the line, the U.S. boat crossed in a 5:53.98, 1.84 seconds ahead of Spain. Turkey finished third. The U.S. will race next in the semifinals on Friday. "We were able to execute our race plan perfectly," Infante said. "We got out ahead around the first 500 meters and settled down to a pretty low rate and kept our pace from the boat in second place. When the other crews attempted to make a move, we were able to move with them and just pace a length between us and them basically the whole race." In the men's single sculls, Isaiah Harrison (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) dominated his heat, winning by nearly 10 seconds. With two to advance to the semifinals, Harrison and Denmark's August Wisholm got off the line quickly, taking firm hold of the two qualification spots in the opening quarter of the race. Harrison led by nearly two seconds just 500 meters into the row and had doubled his advantage by the halfway point. Harrison continued to walk away from Wisholm over the back half of the race, winning by 9.85 seconds in a 7:08.06. Racing in the first of four heats, Harrison clocked the fastest time of the day.
With two to advance to the final, the women's pair of Bridget Galloway (Ridgefield, Conn./Connecticut Boat Club) and Sophia Greco (Rowayton, Conn./Connecticut Boat Club) will race against crews from Sweden, Italy, Spain and Russia in the first of two heats. The women's four of Paris Burbine (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Andrew Rowing Club), Meagan Goldsmith (Ocoee, Fla./Orlando Area Rowing Society), Cillian Mullen (Batavia, Ill./Chicago Rowing Foundation) and Maeve Heneghan (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Rowing Foundation) will face off against crews from Greece, Romania, Belarus and France in the first of two heats. The top two crews will move directly to Sunday's final
In the men's four, Troy Riesenberger (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew), Davis Kelly (Vashon Island, Wash./Burton Beach Rowing Club), J.J. Dubois (Gainesville, Fla./Sarasota Crew) and Declan Fry (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Rowing Foundation) will take on Romania, Greece, Poland, Ukraine and Denmark in the first of two heats. The winner will qualify for the final, while the remaining crews will have to race in the repechages.
Racing in the second of two heats, the women's quadruple sculls of Meena Baher (Mountain View, Calif./Los Gatos Rowing Club), Heather Schmidt (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna Rowing), Jackie Oruci (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Oak Neck Rowing Academy) and Annie Herring (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School) will race against crews from Italy, Switzerland, Romania and The Netherlands, with the winner moving on to the final.
The men's eight of coxswain Adam Casler (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Aquatic Center), Tyler Horler (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew), Ryan Link (Burke, Va./Gonzaga College High School), Jordan Dykema (Seattle, Wash./Pocock Rowing Center), John Patton (Houston, Texas/Deerfield Academy), Miles Hudgins (Andover, Mass./Greater Lawrence Rowing Association), Julian Thomas (New Hope, Pa./Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer), Aidan Murphy (Huntington Beach, Calif./Newport Aquatic Center) and Stephen Warming (Newton, Mass./Belmont Hill School) will take on Ukraine, Italy and Russia in the second of two heats. The top two crews will automatically qualify for the final, with the rest heading to the repechage. Nearly 600 rowers from 43 nations are competing in the five-day regatta. Racing continues on Thursday with the remaining heats, as well as repechages from Wednesday's events. Friday's racing features the remaining repechages and the C/D semifinals. Saturday's schedule includes the A/B semifinals, as well as the C and D finals. The A and B finals are scheduled for Sunday.
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